R.L. Buller & Son Fine Tawny
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
94 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: October, 2007
The N.V. Fine Tawny is amber brown with flavors of intertwined dates, figs, and chocolate. It is well balanced and has a long, pure finish.
93 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: October, 2004
The dark-amber-hued Premium Fine Tawny offers sumptuous notes of spice box, Christmas pudding, figs, brown sugar, and molasses.
92 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: August, 2003
Rutherglen is ground zero for one of Australia’s great treasures, old fortified Muscats and Tokays (actually Muscadelle), and Buller’s offerings are brilliant examples of these wines. A knock-out, the medium garnet-colored non-vintage Premium Fine Tawny reveals smoky, spicy, nutty notes intermixed with caramel and marmalade characteristics. These Australian treasures are fabulous to drink at the end of a meal. Moreover, once opened, they will hold for several weeks, sometimes longer.
90 pts.Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Sep/Oct 2009
Red-tinged brown. Spicy red berries, cherry pit and toffee on the nose. fleshy, sweet pit fruit and dried cherry flavors stain the palate, with notes of mace and white pepper providing lift. A very fresh style, with strong finishing cut and a lingering burnt sugar quality.
90 pts.Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Sep/Oct 2005
Bright amber. Fig, molasses and spice cake on the nose, with delicate notes of honey and coriander. Light on its feet, even delicate, with a transparency of candied apple and poached pear flavor. It would be difficult to find a better bargain than this in Victoria tawny.
88 pts.Wine Spectator: May 15, 2004
Smooth, open and only lightly sweet, layering its smoky, spicy white pepper and cherry flavors in appropriate balance. Flavors finish with subtlety. Drink now.
86 pts.Wine Enthusiast: December 15, 2007
Dark amber in color, this still shows its red-grape origins in vaguely berry-like scents and flavors. Hints of chocolate and caramel provide a sweet touch to this supple, medium-bodied fortified. Finishes peppery and warm.
85 pts.Wine Enthusiast: February, 2011
Although still a respectable effort, this is a weak link in the Buller arsenal of fortifieds, with a minty, slightly medicinal edge to the modest berry fruit and dark, earthy undercurrents. Turns tart and crisp on the finish.